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Direct Selling with Physical Challenges

Direct selling has taken a credibility hit over the years. Often, people associate direct selling with “scams” and “pyramid schemes,” which has let to distrust in the industry. Also, product and service claims expressed either from the company or their representatives, has increased the distrust level. Perhaps a lack of research or pressure from a recruiter with a “desperate” compensation plan, led you to join a company that was not quite right for you (I’ve had a few of those), and it left a bitter taste in your mouth, so to speak. With these factors in mind, who would want to add an additional challenge to the physical challenges we already face!

Many direct selling companies are reporting an increase in sales and representatives within the last 2 years due to the nationwide job losses and declining economy. As we all know, many who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia or CFS/ME has already experienced a personal recession. With these statistics, is it possible for someone with physical challenges, such as fibromyalgia and cfs/me, to generate income from becoming a distributor of a direct sales company? Are there any other benefits from joining the direct sales ranks? Let us examine three major reasons why direct selling may be ideal for you.

1) Free and Discounted Products

Putting the business aspect to the side, many join direct sales companies just to take advantage of the discount. When I first entered the industry 18 years ago, I was a newlywed with a home that I wanted to decorate but had a lack of funds. A friend invited me to a home decorating party so that I could buy a few things to decorate. I watched the demonstrator and thought how fun it would be to demonstrate products and earn enough money to decorate my home. After joining, I was hooked! Of course, fibromyalgia had other plans for me, and I left that company and joined one that was more “fibro friendly”. But, it didn’t matter which company I joined; I always had extra cash in my pocket, purchased my items using my discount, earned free products and prizes from the company based on my activity, and my husband’s favorite, the tax benefits. It was really a win-win situation.

2) A Stepping Stone to Bigger and Greater Things

One of the advantages of being in a direct sales company is the free educational and training system. With each company that I have encountered over the years, I have use bits of information to improve my business to the level that it is today. Physical challenges can cause an individual to change careers because of the inability to keep up with the demands of the job. Some are forced to go on disability or just struggle on a spouse’s income. Direct sales can change that! Becoming a representative, distributor, or consultant for a company can give you an advantage over the ones that you may have left behind in that corporate office. Not only can you earn immediate funds from the sales of products or services, but you can also earn residual income from those who you mentor. There is nothing scandalous about the network marketing or multi level marketing side of this business. The company is paying you to train others to market their products. It’s no different from the actors, authors, or musicians that earn residual income from the reruns of their tv shows (actors), the sales from books (authors), or the sampling of tracts (musicians). Multi-level marketing is an excellent way to earn money while you sleep.

After gaining education from the direct sales company and combining it with you’re their own experience, many have become coaches or consultants either in the direct selling industry or in a different field. As a coach, there’s the opportunity to sell your expertise through books, cds, and membership services. Regardless of the avenue, direct selling can increase your revenue.

Working from home is a possiblity if you feel well enough and ready enough to do so. But ME/CFS and FMS affects every individual differently. If you are severely affected or have severe brain-fog for example, then working from home probably won’t be for you.

But if you do feel well enough to work from home, then request more information about free or low cost business opportunities.


The Medication Crisis

I don’t care what anyone says: I loved me some Michael Jackson! I can’t believe he’s gone. I really hope that he’s not labeled a drug addict at death.

I remember one of my favorite singers Gerald Levert’s death. His was not a drug overdose, but from a drug interaction. I can’t begin to tell you the times that I felt funny or had to call the pharmacy after noticing that my pills were “different”. In one case, it was the wrong dosage. The physician wrote the prescription for DOUBLE the dose! After taking it as prescribed on the bottle, I noticed my heart was racing. So I called the pharmacy and we went over the medication. They had filled it exactly how it was written. They suggested that I call the doctor. When I did, that’s when it was discovered that the dosage was doubled. Needless, to say that was my last visit. The second occasion was when the pharmacy claimed that the prescription that I had a reaction to was correct, but in a smaller dosage than usual. To this day, I believe that it was the wrong medicine altogether. Too bad I didn’t think to keep a pill or two.

Whatever the case with Michael Jackson, either verdict will still make it difficult on those of us with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain. It’s rumored that he was taking a “cocktail” of 7 different medications. I guess when a person with fibromyalgia dies, people will say the same about us.

Reaching Out Website Review

Reaching-Out is a gem among support networks in the FMS/CFS community. Learn more about this great web site and the services they offer.


New Bella Articles posted

Visit the Bella site for the latest articles:

Grieving What We Lost to Fibromyalgia
The 5 Stages of Grief- Which stage have you reached?

Medical Insurance Issues: Pay or Not
How do you know if a medical bill should be disputed? Continue reading for a few tips on handling questionable claims…

Emotional Freedom Technique Relieves Pain
Release your emotions to relieve your pain. If you want to find out more about Emotional Freedom Technique, please read this article.

The Fibromyalgia Solution Book Review
Book Review: The Fibromyalgia Solution by David Dryland, MD

My Journey to Fibromyalgia
Everyone has their own fibromyalgia story. Most of the time it is a long and often harrowing journey. Here´s my story.

Fibromyalgia and persons of color

If you are a person of color, you will want to read this article.

Where have I been!!!

I’m back, barely, but I’m functional again. No, it really wasn’t my fibromyalgia, it was some idiot doctor who almost killed me!!! I went in for a bone cyst biospy and came out will damage done to my mouth. It basically took me a month before I was less pissed off. At least now I can talk about it without losing my religion, as they say. But, I got some things planned for this guy because he needs to think twice before he does to someone else what he did to me.

As if fibromyalgia wasn’t enough to deal with.


I’m Back

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m back and writing Bella Online articles as usual. As many of you are aware, I have fibromyalgia and CFS as well, and I too have setbacks. It’s been awhile, but I had a major one recently. I’m doing better, but not thanks to any meds or Lyrica for that matter, but because I’m testing the Marshall Protocol. I’ll explain more about it when I know more and interview my friend Jeanine who has been on it for over a year and has seen improvements since then. It’s a tough plan, but many seem to be doing well on it.

The reason why I say it help me get out of this bad flare was because the first line of defense is to eliminate all sources of vitamin D which includes sunlight. So since I’ve been wearing shades everywhere (I normally don’t because I wear glasses), I’ve been feeling less fatigued and achy and the inflammation in my face from the neuralgia is going down. It was a strange feeling at first, but when I realize for the last 2 days, I wasn’t sleeping all day and too tired to do anything at night, I began to realize that it may be something to this protocol after all. Are any of you on it? Let me know how it worked for you.

So, when I know more, I’ll let you know.

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